Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Beef Barley Stew

Do you ever throw something together for dinner, then forget just exactly what you put in it? Of course it will be a dish everyone loves and wants you to make again. I put together this Beef Barley Soup, remembered to take a quick photo, but didn't write out the ingredients. So I will have to make it again and see if I can figure it out. (I made this December 1st and left it sitting in my drafts until I had the recipe written. My memory just isn't what it used to be.)
Ok, here it is to the best of my recollection:

2-3 lbs stew meat, (can use less, but my bunch are meat eaters)
1 onion chopped
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS flour
1 cup chopped celery, include some green leaves
2 cups chopped carrots
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 can diced tomatoes
2-3 TBS fresh chopped parsley
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic cloves, minced
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup medium pearl barley

Brown meat in oil. Add onions & garlic, cooking until onion is soft. Add flour to coat meat. For slow-cooker, at this point tranfer this to crockpot. Add broth and stir well. Add remaining vegetables, wine, seasonings, and water or more broth to cover all. Cook 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Remove bay leaf and add barley during the last hour, cooking on high until it is tender. Serve with crusty french bread.


Melanie said...

Where do you get the barley? I love it and looked for some a few years ago but had trouble finding it. Do you have to go to a natural foods type store?

truth said...

I've always gotten it in the grocery store. It usually lasts awhile, so I don't purchase it very often. I had trouble finding it the last time. I believe I found it in 2 places at my store. One selection was in the organic section. The other was near the rice/couscous/grains (I think.) The organic one was actually cheaper. If you can't find it, ask to see if it is just hidden somewhere. Could be on the cereal aisle too.